Long Shot (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | May 12th, 2019
Long Shot (2019) stars Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Andy Serkis, and Bob Odenkirk. When Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) loses his job as a journalist, he is reunited with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron). As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and begin to develop feelings for each other in the most unlikely of pairings.
Long Shot.. is a smart and funny comedy. The setting takes place in a political landscape as Charlize Theron’s character Charlotte Field is planning to run for President and on her way she recruits Fred Flarsky (yeah thats his last name) played by the lovable Seth Rogen. The interesting thing about this comedy that while it does poke fun at the real political landscape and at times may seem as a satire film it never deviates from the core plot or story which is Fred and Charlotte’s blooming relationship as they begin to like one another throughout the film. The movie never tries to be cliche with Charlotte’s motives and even hide the fact she likes Fred. It’s never about whether or not she loves him but whether or not he is someone that is willing to do anything for her. It’s smart in posing the question to the man, are you willing to change for love and give up everything for them to succeed. I would venture to say it’s a romcom first and political satire second. Charlize as Charlotte Field is pitch perfect casting, the character knows what she wants and never waivers. Even when she lets loose it’s not because she’s trying to impress Rogen’s Fred Flarsky but because she wants to be a person for a day and not live in the shadow of her public perception that she is ‘perfect’. Rogen as Fred also is a great balance to her and it’s a character we never see Rogen play as much. His character gets to have conviction but also doesn’t take himself too serious. The supporting cast is great as well, Bob Odenkirk as The President of The United States is comedic genius and again it toes the line between comedy and political satire.
Overall, the film accomplished in developing characters first and also having a story that fits and works for those characters. The comedy is funny and it never bashes you over the head with the political side of the film. Charlize Theron proves she can be anything and act opposite anyone. Rogen does a great job as well and gets to be more serious while still keeping the comedic touch that gives the film air to breathe.